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December 3, This report was originally published by Demos. Yet the role of corporate and private money in our political system means that the voices of the majority are often drowned out by those with the most money.
Campaign and committee donations help wealthy interests determine who runs for office and who wins elections. As a result, the minority population of affluent Americans see their priorities reflected in our legislative objectives, even when the majority of the country disagrees with their preferences.
Under this regime the economic advantages held by companies like Walmart can be leveraged to yield legislative returns. In this report we examine the federal election spending of the six big-box retail companies with earnings ranked among the top retail companies in the country, using newly available data from the Center for Responsive Politics.
We find that their reach is pervasive, reflected in enormous and growing expenditures to influence electoral and policy outcomes. This political spending is a problem for democracy, because extensive research suggests that the domination of wealth in our electoral process can significantly affect public policy, and that the priorities of the affluent often diverge from majority opinion.
The fastest increases in retail political spending over the period appeared with the election cycle. Total campaign and lobbying expenditures grew by 95 percent in that cycle, driven by lobbying expenditures that more than doubled.
The retail firms with the largest federal political spending—like Walmart and Home Depot—exemplify the relationship between economic and democratic inequity.
In markets, Walmart draws upon this economic clout to exacerbate the inequality at the core of its business model. When Walmart comes to town, retail workers see their wages drop and employment growth recede.
The practices are emblematic of the growing concentration of wealth and income at the top of the U. There is strong evidence that an important impact of campaign contributions is to shape the views of candidates seeking to run viable campaigns and help candidates with friendly policy views win office, in addition to increasing access to politicians with the intent of setting the political agenda.
Over recent years, the family has consolidated their ownership in the company and seen their private wealth balloon. The Waltons achieve broad access by contributing to both parties, but their spending heavily favors Republican candidates and PACs.
For example the Walton Family Foundation—not included in our calculations here—is one of the biggest education funders in the country, with an emphasis on supporting the privatization of K education.
This is unsurprising—Republicans are often seen as the party of big business. Over the last two years, House Republicans have unanimously voted against raising the minimum wage and attempted to eliminate Davis-Bacon protections.
Research suggests that campaign contributions like those examined here can significantly affect policy. For example, a recent article in the National Tax Journal finds that increases in business campaign contributions lead to lower state corporate taxes.
Polls consistently show that a majority of American voters favor raising the minimum wage. But while 78 percent of the general public favors a minimum that would bring full time workers and their families above the poverty line, only 40 percent of wealthy Americans agree.
Retailers lobby on a variety of issues, including tax policy, labor issues, and the terms of international trade. Taxes were the most frequently lobbied issue by big-box retailers in by a large margin.
This legislative area has proven lucrative for business in the past—experts in corporate strategy research show that a 1 percent increase in businesses lobbying expenditures yields a lower effective tax rate of between 0. The next most common issues of lobbying were health care reform, labor, antitrust, and workplace regulations.
Conclusion Campaign spending and lobbying by moneyed interests is not new to American politics, but it has expanded significantly over the past 15 years.
These companies and their wealthy owners have increasingly used their massive profits to lobby against the interests of their own workforce and to reduce their responsibility for sustaining the economic system from which they prosper.Read the latest stories about Tech on Fortune.
Political: Political forces are very important for the brands like Walmart that are trying to operate in the international sphere. The international business landscape is characterized by different political structures and differing governance models.
The governments of all the nations are not equally open to international trade and business.
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